Why do I have to bring my dog to a vet?
BarkingTURtlez Asked: Why do I have to bring my dog to a vet?
People say once you first purchase a dog from a local pound, pet shop, or breeder you have to take it to a vet ASAP. Why? I'm not saying I don't want to I just want to find out what they will do. Will they just give a simple wellness check up? If so, what do I tell the vet? Do I ask for a wellness test for my puppy because I just bought him / her?
Humans have to go to the doctor why not dogs??
when i first got my dog from somebody else i took her to the vet for a health check and they found out she had bronchitus so potentially that check up saved her from getting ill and maybe dying
Well first of all they have to get all of their shots and they should be fixed. Depending on where you got the dog they should notify you if it has any problems/shots that are needed. Other than that you dont have to take it to the vet ASAP its just a really good idea.
Any live animal you bring into your home could have a disease or a parasite infestation. You really don't want to be ignorant of those possibilities, so you take the dog to the vet to make sure you aren't bringing anything like parasites, kernel cough, parvo, distemper, etc into your home.
If you purchased the pup from a breeder, you take the pup to the ASAP to be examined for any noticeable genetic issues, or other problems. You don't want a sick dog, and once you have become attached, it is much harder to return the dog to the breeder.
They will give him a wellness check and start him on his vaccines, which are EXTREMELY important. This is also the time to establish a relationship with a vet, so you have a center you feel comfortable contacting in case of emergencies and when you need shots/check-ups for your dogs.
If you get a new dog(you should never get one from a pet store) Just call the veterinarian and tell them you have a new dog(or puppy).
You need to take them in for a wellness check, to make sure there is nothing wrong with them. If it's a puppy it's to get the wellness check, vaccinations and deworming.
Well you need vaccinations – at least Rabies as it is required by law. Discuss the other vaccines with the Dr. & decide what is right for your dog.
Bring a fecal sample to test for parasites, because you do not know what they were exposed to before.
They will do a basic exam – check ears, eyes… check for a heart murmur, etc.
They will discuss spay/neuter – this is very important!
Get heartworm preventative & flea/tick preventative
And with a new pet, it is a good idea to discuss diet, exercise, behavior & any other new questions you may have about your pet.
The humane society is a breeding ground of communicable diseases for animals, so you want to get the puppy to the vet to make sure it gets treated for any minor issues it may have (worms, fleas, etc.).Also you want the vet to have a baseline for the puppy so that they can monitor your new friends long term health.
Let the vet know that you just got the puppy and bring in any and all vaccination/medical information that you got when you adopted it.
Also, if you don't have a vet you've used in the past and don't know any other pet owners who can recommend you to a vet, shop around.I took my cat to several vets over the first few years of his life until I found one who communicated well with me and seemed to care if my cat was unhappy during the visit.Mind, you don't need to drag your puppy around to see every vet in town the first month you have it until you find a vet you like, but don't be afraid to not go back if you find one you don't.
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